IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— Four members of the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center nursing staff headed to Texas on Monday to aid in the recovery efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Hospital officials say the deployed EIRMC team will relieve HCA’s Gulf Coast Division staff who have been on the front lines recovery efforts for several days.
“Hurricane Harvey has devastated countless homes, lives and communities, including many members of our extended HCA family in that area. In addition to fulfilling their calling to serve patients in need, those same healthcare professionals are also worrying about their own homes and families,” says Doug Crabtree, EIRMC CEO. “We are incredibly proud of our staff who have volunteered to serve, and we are honored and humbled by this opportunity to share some of EIRMC’s finest with Texas.”
The local team includes two RN’s from the Emergency Room; an RN Case Manager; and one traveling Neonatal Intensive Care Unit RN. The team will spend two weeks on assignment. Officials say other EIRMC employees have volunteered to deploy to ground zero of the Texas devastation if needed.
The HCA has also donated $1 million to the American Red Cross and has said it will donate up to $1 million in matching funds for employee donations to the HCA Hope Fund.